Most of Africa spent centuries under white rule, either through colonial policies or post-colonial schemes like apartheid. But that changed two decades ago, and since then Africa hasn't had a white leader of any country. But that just changed.
New kebab houses have been opening up around France for some time and the far-right National Front Party says it's a problem. They say they represent a threat to French cuisine — but it's really about immigrants influencing "French" culture.
After receiving little help from the European Union, Italy is considering closing down its "Mare Nostrum" operation. The operation was designed to rescue immigrants stuck out at sea. Now countries in the European Union say they can't afford to support this operation.
President Blaise Compoaré has ruled Burkina Faso for 27 years thanks to a series of constitutional changes that let him skirt term limits. Now he wants to do it again and set himself up for another 15 years in office, but huge protests are calling for him to finally step down.
After Tunisians launched the first of the Arab Spring revolutions in 2011, it's local Islamist party, Ennahda, took power. Now Tunisians have elected a new secular party in voting over the weekend, but the victory may force the two to work together in a coalition government.
For years, Toronto mayor Rob Ford has provided comedy shows with punchlines — but the joke is over. After years of scandals involving things like drunk driving and crack cocaine abuse, Rob Ford is no longer mayor, and his brother lost his bid to fill his seat.
Asian Americans typically turn out in low numbers for elections. But some state-based organizations are looking to change that by making Asian Americans and other immigrant voters better acquainted with the election process.
The rise of ISIS took many in the West and in the Middle East by surprise. How could this group manage to take over large swaths of territory both in Syria and in Iraq in such a short amount of time? A new documentary called "The Rise of ISIS" takes a look at the group's early days.
No sooner had New York and New Jersey enacted strict new quarantine measures for travelers and health workers from West Africa than the backlash began. Health workers and officials quickly forced the states to rescind their policies, saying they'll keep doctors and nurses from going to West Africa.
It was a rare political moment: the US Secretary of State paying a compliment to Cuba. But that’s what happened Friday when John Kerry commended Cuba's role in West Africa, where the island nation has sent more health workers than any other country — and plans to send even more in the coming weeks.
Adults in Switzerland could be in for a windfall, under a proposal set for a national referendum. The government would provide every adult $2,750 a month, every month, in what's known as a "basic income." One economist says it's not as whacky as it may seem to us.
The US citizenship has an amazingly high pass rate — but it also has a number of critics. They argue the questions, frankly, are bad. And the test doesn't encourage immigrants to become better citizens, but rather to memorize facts they can write on the test.
Italy is a fiercely anti-GMOs. It's one of a handful of countries to ban them outright. But European law is trumping them, and it has opened a window for one Italian farmer who is growing GMO corn anyway.
A year ago, confronting the threats presented by climate change was front and center in President Obama's State of the Union address. But The World's environment editor Peter Thomson expects it to be a lot less prominent this year. That's politics. And that's the nature of climate change.
When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.
If America defaults on its debt this week, it won't be the first economic superpower to do so. Imperial Spain was a chronic defaulter in the 16th and 17th centuries, and this helped lead to its downfall.
The World's Aaron Schachter reports from Beirut that tensions rose dramatically today between Lebanon's two main rival political blocks and parts of Beirut were shut down by barricades and gun battles.
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Michael Klare, author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy, about how US energy policy compares with other countries' energy policies around the world.
This weekend, London hosts a 90th birthday concert for Nelson Mandela which is appropriate, as music has accompanied the former South African president throughout his journey from political prisoner to international statesman
It's clear Russia is the winner in the conflict this week with its southern neighbor Georgia, but what's less clear is how it began. The BBC's Sarah Rainsford reports from inside the disputed Georgian region of South Ossetia.
British academics interviewed more than 250 people who escaped from the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. It was part of a three-year study aimed at finding ways to evacuate skyscrapers more quickly and effectively.
Britain's government came up with its own bailout today. It approved the equivalent of a $976-billion dollar plan to rescue the crippled banking industry. The World's Laura Lynch has details from London.